PennTAP

Portion of New Kensington city block transformed into innovation corridor

In 2019 alone, Corner LaunchBox had 10 accelerator program graduates, supported five new startups anchored in Pennsylvania, and helped create 20 new jobs. More than 900 individuals utilized the facility for a variety of free and low-cost activities, including the 10-week Corner Opportunity accelerator program, an Idea TestLab, small business and entrepreneurship workshops, free legal clinics, weekly information sessions, and networking events.

reNew Kensington Building Retuning Workshop

New Kensington business owners, leaders and residents take part in a breakout session during the reNew Kensington Community Workshop on Sept. 27. This sesson, titled "Building Retuning," featured the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP), and was held at ModFinish, a business along the Corridor of Innovation in the city. The event, hosted in downtown New Kensington, was organized by Penn State New Kensington thanks to a grant from the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF).

Student entrepreneurs compete for $30,000 in funding on 'The Investment'

Sherveen Karbasiafshar is a biology student at Penn State. He, along with five other undergraduates, created HemoGO — a smartphone application designed to assist people who want to check their complete blood count on the go. HemoGO is one of six Penn State student startups working with the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program to compete for a pool of $30,000 in the annual Inc.U competition show “The Investment,” airing at 8 p.m. May 24 on WPSU.

"Steer Logic" Inc.U video submission by Olivia Sribniak and Anthony Gyke

Olivia Sribniak and Anthony Gyke, senior electro-mechanical engineering students at Penn State New Kensington, turned their EMET senior design project into a startup business. The duo created an automated roping dummy robot, formally called "Steer Logic." The concept has earned them a finalist spot in the 2018 Penn State Inc.U competition where they will pitch Steer Logic for a chance at investment funding.

Olivia Sribniak and Anthony Gyke with microcontroller

Olivia Sribniak and Anthony Gyke, senior electro-mechanical engineering technology (EMET) students at Penn State New Kensington, set up their Arduino microcontroller for their automated roping robot. The concept, which started as their senior EMET design project, has also earned them a finalist spot in the 2018 Inc.U entrepreneurship competition. Their prototype is part of their official startup known formally as "Steer Logic."